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Two Santa Barbara High School students win Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Carbajal meets with SBHS student winners of the Congressional App Contest.
Congressman Carbajal meets with SBHS student winners of the Congressional App Contest.
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Screenshot of the Congressional App Challenge winning program, "One Connected," created by Santa Barbara High School students, Christian Sanchez, senior, and Antonio Ayala, sophomore.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Christian Sanchez, Santa Barbara High School senior, and Antonio Ayala, SBHS sophomore, together won the Congressional App Challenge by developing the anti-cyberbullying and student-connectedness program, "One Connected."

Santa Barbara Unified School District said the students' program "aims to help students "easily and safely join clubs/ organizations by browsing through the school’s Club Directory."

As for the anti-cyberbullying aspect, SBUSD said Sanchez and Ayala implemented moderated communication features to allow students to carry out their messages safely.

Congressman Salud Carbajal honored the duo in December:

The school district noted that Sanchez and Ayala also met with a lawmaker to discuss the app’s positive impacts at school and its potential.

In addition, as part of the honor, "One Connected" is eligible to be featured in the United States Capitol Building this spring and placed on the website, according to SBUSD.

"We are so proud of our students," said Principal Elise Simmons. "Christian and Antonio not only developed a useful app for Santa Barbara High School, but they also did it while ensuring their work is inclusive for everyone."

Sanchez and Ayala are both students of Santa Barbara High School's Computer Science Academy.

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